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Current Newcastle player was named in 2007 list of most exciting teenagers in World football

4 years ago

Back in 2007, a list of the most exciting teenagers in World football was released.

World Soccer Magazine put together the list of 50 teenagers and interesting to see who the hits and misses have been.

That November 2007 issue for example, named Sadick Adams at number one, the striker having signed up with Atletico Madrid. However, within two years he was playing football in Serbia, then Tunisia, Oman, Ghana, and the Turkish part of Cyprus.

Many other names you won’t recognise but in amongst them, some bis successes.

Amongst them you have Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, and Mesut Ozil.

There is also one current Newcastle player in the ‘Top 50 most exciting teenage footballers’ of 2007.

Step forward Henri Saivet, included at No.40 in the list.

Coming through the ranks at Bordeaux, Saivet had just turned 17 when this list was released.

What maybe helped get him put forward as a possibility, was the fact that back then Bordeaux were one of the dominant clubs in France. In both 2005/06 and 2007/08 they were runners-up in Ligue 1, then in 2008/09 won the French league and cup double.

Having turned 27 last week, Henri Saivet got a belated birthday present when he at last found himself back on the Newcastle bench at Burnley on Monday.

Mikel Merino’s injury giving the Senegalese midfielder the opportunity, though difficult to see him progressing beyond that.


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